Thursday, August 11, 2016

Movie Review Madness - Legend of Tarzan

We all think we know the Tarzan story, but this new movie Legend of Tarzan is an excellent version. We meet Lord Greystoke (Alexander Skarsgard) and his wife (lovely Margot Robbie) in London. He’s been called by a council and asked to return to The Congo to see what King Leopold is up to in regards to trade and money. In theory this is as an ambassador but in reality, as Tarzan, he is being lured in as part of a barter – a nefarious scheme by a crooked captain (played by the always evil Christoph Waltz).  Fortunately an American (Samuel L. Jackson) is along for the ride, and quickly becomes an ally in a deadly battle against slavery, diamond dealing, and revenge (a tribal king played by Djimon Hounsou is not pleased).

The early scenes in the Congo are one of welcome. Tarzan’s old tribe greet him warmly and life is grand. Alas, the captain has his minions capture tribesman, the wife, and set fire to the village. Mayhem ensues.  Enraged, Tarzan and Jackson head out to save the wife, free the slaves, and get to the bottom of the Congo’s secrets. Fortunately, Lord Greystoke sheds his shirt (wow!), swings from vines, communes with the gorillas and other jungle creatures, and fulfills the legend.

This movie is lush and well done. The acting is above par, the Tarzan aspects are not cheesy, and the film is action packed. Alexander with his gray green eyes, chiseled face and body, and brooding demeanor is a worthy Tarzan. Do your best jungle yell and swing in to see Legend of Tarzan.


23 comments:

  1. I've heard it isn't as cheesy as it sounds, good to know.

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    1. I had low expectations and was pleassed

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  2. Sounds Great Joanne. My Tarzan has always seemed to be around.
    Yvonne.

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  3. Good review! I know it is on our list of movies to see.

    Betty

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  5. At least it's a different story than the traditional Tarzan one. Will catch it on NetFlix.

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  6. I think you'll be entertained

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  7. I can remember watching the old Tarzan movies when I was a kid. This sounds like a fun one to see. Nice review!

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    1. Yeah. Johnny Weismuller was classic

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  8. I've been waiting for this...your Tarzan review. I'm good to go just for the shedding of the shirt WOW! Always good to hear a new take on Tarzan's legendary 'Me Tarzan...You Jane. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Oh you will be very pleased!!! Muscles galore. And good story too. Enjoy

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  9. Okay, did ya hear me? I just did my best yell, but I sounded more like Carol Burnett than Tarzan.:)

    Sounds like a terrific movie. Seeing's as how he takes off his shirt and all...

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  10. I hadn't heard of this movie, but it certainly seems like a worthwhile one to see.

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  11. I know of the Tarzan character, but I never watched any of the movies or shows. I'd like to see this one.

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  12. Tarzan is one of my favorite enduring characters in literature. I've seen quite a lot of Tarzan movies but not this one. I'm adding it to my list. I love how the modern movies present these characters as fully-fleshed out and not the caricatures of old.

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  13. I had a Tarzan comic book when I was a kid and I remember watching the old TV show back in the 70s. This plot is an interesting spin on the story.

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    1. My guess is you will find it unique

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